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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) issued a decision notice to proceed with a proposal to acquire the 50% mineral rights (“rights”) privately held under 14,149 acres of FWP’s 27,616 acres in Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area (SDWMA), acquired in 2010 and located northeast of Deer Lodge in Powell County. This potential rights purchase would help ensure no mineral exploration and/or extraction activities would occur under the majority of FWP’s SDWMA in the future, thus meeting many of the objectives for which the property was originally purchased. The decision notice, which includes a summary of public comment received on the proposal, is available below.
(Decision Notices - 09/28/2012)

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to provide the Big Fork Gun Club with a Montana Shooting Range Development Grant. This range is located on Highway 83, three miles South of Hwy 209, southeast of Bigfork, Montana. FWP will provide $7,423 in partial funding for The Bigfork Gun Club’s proposed range improvement – Initial construction of a secure storage building. Public Comments: No comments regarding this action were received.
(Decision Notices - 09/27/2012)

The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared for the Three Dollar Bridge Fishing Access Site Improvements. This proposed action authorizes improvements at Three Dollar Bridge Fishing Access Site (FAS) on the Madison River. The proposed improvements include enhancing the entrance road, graveling existing parking areas on both sides of the river, improving a designated trail to the water on both sides of the river, and blocking access to the pioneered boat ramp. Worn signs would be replaced and a new informational sign added. The proposed improvements would prevent further degradation concerns at the site. Six public comments were received during the February 8 to March 8 comment period.
(Decision Notices - 09/21/2012)

The enclosed Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for a land acquisition project involving purchase of 31 acres of land adjacent to the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for $28,000. This project proposes to acquire the land as an addition to the Dome Mountain WMA. The parcel is located on Hepburn Mesa, which is heavily used by wintering elk, and is important for alleviating conflicts with livestock producers adjacent to the WMA. The benefit and purpose of this land acquisition is to conserve critical elk habitat and prevent potential development within elk wintering range. Additional benefits will include new recreational and hunting opportunities on this parcel which has previously been closed to public access. The area will be open to public hunting during the archery and general rifle seasons, and provides opportunity for elk, deer and upland game birds. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. October 22, 2012.
(Acquisitions, Trades & Leases - 09/21/2012)

The enclosed Decision Notice has been prepared by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) for the proposed Pole Barn Structure within Bannack State Park, near Dillon, Montana. No public comments were received during the 30-day comment period ending August 16, 2012. It is my decision to proceed with the preferred alternative by building a 18’ x 24’ shed style pole building on the east side of the existing maintenance facility at Bannack State Park. No changes to the Environmental Assessment (EA).
(Decision Notices - 09/20/2012)

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